Grease: It’s Got the Grease, but Lacks the Lightning

Under the direction of Emily Bolton, University College Theatre Company take us back to 1959 at Rydell High with their production of Grease. Grease is a challenging text to deal with; its 50s-tinged song and dance numbers require a great deal of energy, and its iconic characters must be played with utmost commitment. Furthermore, any slipups will be noticed, as the original production and film … Continue reading Grease: It’s Got the Grease, but Lacks the Lightning

Let Men Tremble: A bloody critique of patriarchy and tradition

LET MEN TREMBLE begins with an eerie image: seven women repeating a chain of sexual dance moves as three men in suits scrutinise them and take notes on clipboards. As the audience walks in to this scene, we are immediately put in a position of discomfort. Thoroughly disturbing, this scene is one of the play’s greatest strengths. This image of surveillance and control of women … Continue reading Let Men Tremble: A bloody critique of patriarchy and tradition

Footloose: An Impressive Feat of Feet

Footloose opens with Ren McCormack and his mother Ethel moving from Chicago to small town Bomont, and Ormond Drama have made the same journey, after performing Chicago at the Union Theatre last year. Back at the same venue in 2019, the theatre is abuzz with opening night nerves and excitement, as family, friends and the rest of the audience eagerly await their introduction to Ren … Continue reading Footloose: An Impressive Feat of Feet

The Pineapple War: Mean Girls meets The Handmaid’s Tale

The year is 2022. A violent civil war has torn Australia in two, with Queensland being sold to China, and the rest of the country now operating as a fascist, totalitarian state known as Nation One. Despite the new state’s strict and conservative laws which include criminalising homosexuality, barring women from attending university, forcing young men to serve in the military and sending political undesirables … Continue reading The Pineapple War: Mean Girls meets The Handmaid’s Tale

Much Ado About Nothing: Bell has not been idle

Melbourne is Bell Shakespeare’s second stop on its nationwide tour of the classic comedy Much Ado About Nothing. The story is perhaps the original romantic comedy, and follows Beatrice (Zindzi Okenyo) and Benedick (Duncan Ragg), who go from mildly disgusted in each other to totally infatuated. Around them there are a number of friends, family and vagrants living in Messina, including another pair of lovers … Continue reading Much Ado About Nothing: Bell has not been idle

Tusk Tusk: A triumph of youth

Tusk Tusk, written by English playwriting prodigy Polly Stenham, gives young actors a chance to portray the sharp realities of children in the system. The play captures a complex web of familial relationships against a backdrop of intense classism, providing an urgent and relevant insight into children trying to be adults. Centering around three siblings, the fifteen year old eldest Eliot (Ben Walter), his fourteen … Continue reading Tusk Tusk: A triumph of youth

The Kitchen: A flurry of mess and emotion

A play by Arnold Wesker, directed by Michael Hackett. The audience sits on either lengths of the stage, facing each other like spectators at a tennis match. In the centre is the view of a kitchen, complete with a long table top, four swinging doors, and pots, pans and utensils hanging neatly from the shelves. It is unusually clean and quiet, with the sense that … Continue reading The Kitchen: A flurry of mess and emotion